The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is testing water samples taken from the lakes at the entrance to The Villages, a community in San Tan Heights, along West Hunt Highway near Gary Road in San Tan Valley, Mark Shaffer, communications director for ADEQ, confirmed Thursday night.On May 13, Channel 12 News in Phoenix reported sewage had backed up into the lakes flanking the West Hunt Highway entrance to the community.
According to some residents in the San Tan Heights community of San Tan Valley, this past Sunday the "stench of sewer" was stronger than normal. By Monday afternoon it was clear to see why. Raw sewage had spilled into two of the three lakes in that community and people passing by could see the raw sewage floating on the top of the lake.
Johnson Utilities did have trucks on site Monday and Tuesday draining the lakes. By Tuesday afternoon, both lakes were completely drained.
We contacted Johnson Utilities to ask when the all clear would be released re: the nitrate alert and were told that we were going to have to wait for at least another week.
We were told to call back again at least by Friday to see if any new information was available.
The nitrate alert is STILL IN EFFECT and applies to infants under the age of 6 months, pregnant women and elderly per JU.